Proposals to build an anaerobic digester in King’s Lynn look set to get the green light.

West Norfolk Council is recommended to approve plans to build a green waste plant which would process up to 42,350 tonnes of biomass per year at a planning meeting on Monday

The applicant, Mickram Limited, would also build associated offices, storage tanks and a combined heat and power plant on open land off Cross Bank Road.

A report to councillors states HGVs would access the site from a new access track off Estuary Road.

It explained there would be an “increase in vehicular activity” using the local highway network.

“However, this will be relatively small due to either an increase in size of HGV or previous under use of the capacity of the HGV vehicles,” the report said.

There have been two previous applications for a digester on a smaller scale at the site.

Permission was refused for a 14,000-tonne digester  by Norfolk County Council in April 2017. However, it was approved following an appeal to the planning inspectorate seven months later. 

A revised application for a  19,250-tonne facility was later approved by West Norfolk Council.

The facility proposed under the current application would include three digesters, a feeder unit, two day tanks, a process building a storage area, gas upgrade unit, fire water store, administration building and car parking.

King’s Lynn Civic Society has objected to the scheme, raising concerns about the impact the plant could have on the environment, potential odour and an increase in traffic.

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